Can you say flax? You should on a weekly basis… Considered one of the world’s healthiest foods; from pre-pregnancy to birth, breastfeeding, to the kid’s diet; for the health of aging parents and energy needed for parents in general; everyone can benefit by adding flaxseed to their diet on a daily basis. Not only is flaxseed a good source of dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids (2 essential nutrients important for the development of your child(ren) but is also the richest source of lignans.
Flaxseed is used for the treatment of the following and more:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Inflammation of the lining of the stomach and small intestine
• Help with disorders of the heart and blood vessels such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure
• Kidney problems
• Lupus erythematosus
• Breast pain
• Obesity and weight loss
• Bladder infections
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Symptoms of menopause
• Sore throat, upper respiratory tract infections, cough
• Help in prevention of osteoporosis, breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer
• Can be applied to skin for acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis, and to soothe inflammation
While flaxseed is a great source of Omega-3, it doesn’t contain the DHA omega-3 fatty acid that is also recommended for pregnant women and kids. DHA can be found mostly in fish oil supplements. According to Livestrong, Flaxseed should be consumed in moderation limiting intake to just a few tablespoons daily. Personally, I believe in moderation for everything and 1 tablespoon is all I have added, of flaxseed, to the daily diet of my household: from pregnancy to when breastfeeding to the food cooked for my family on a daily basis.
Here is a link to my favorite flaxseed, what I usually order, in bulk, for my family, with additional information about flax from benefits to treatment. Additionally, this post has been supported, via facts and research results, by our supporting Doctor.
Do you currently flax?